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Walter J. Urba

Walter J. Urba earned his Ph.D. in Immunology at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1978. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Prof. William H. Hildemann, he entered a Ph.D. to M.D. program at the University of Miami and was awarded his M.D. in 1981. Dr. Urba’s internal medicine residency was completed at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, New Jersey, followed by a clinical staff fellowship in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute. From 1986-1989 he served as Head of Clinical Immunology Services and from 1990-1993 as Director of Clinical Services Program at NCI Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center. Dr. Urba has served on several oversight committees and advisory boards focused on cancer immunology and immunotherapy and has been a guest speaker at numerous international scientific conferences. Currently, Dr. Urba serves as member of the NCI Board of Scientific Counselors for Clinical Studies and Epidemiology.

In 1993, Dr. Urba joined Providence Health & Services as Medical Director of the Cancer Program at Providence Portland Medical Center and Director of Cancer Research at the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center in the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute in Portland, Oregon. Under Dr. Urba’s leadership the Providence Cancer Center was erected in 2008 on the campus of Providence Portland Medical Center. While continuing in his role as Director of Cancer Research, Dr. Urba also serves as Physician Director of Providence Cancer Center.

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